Although budget handsets are critical to a company’s smartphone portfolio, they often receive less polish and less development time than the high-end models. Sometimes they come out half-baked, with a greater number of compromises than you would hope for or expect.
Over at Motorola, it’s a completely different story. Having just three phones on the market has allowed each one to receive enough time and polish. The Moto X’s innovative contextual processing features made it a solid flagship option, while the Moto G is arguably the best sub-$200 device you can buy.
The device I’m reviewing today, the Moto E, is Motorola’s budget model and it has received the same treatment as the X and G. It’s a highly polished device, naturally with some compromises, that aims to be the best option for buyers looking for a $130 handset, unlocked and off-contract.